Interview With Erin Rudiak, 16, from Miss Porter’s in Connecticut
What did you get out of the Pre-College Program?
Out of the Pre-College Program, I got to attend a class about something that I was really interested in. I also got to meet so many different types of people from different walks of life. I even had a roommate that I still talk to a lot, even though it’s been about 3 months. The experience was a really positive one for me.
What was it like living on campus at UVM?
Living on campus was a lot of fun because you got the freedom to do, mostly, whatever you want. We all got to visit Burlington, which was so pretty, and shop. We also got to meet so many people from different states and different countries. The RA’s also were really helpful because they helped us to find things and to help solve any problems that we might have encountered.
What did you like about the Clinical Simulation Lab?
The Simulation Lab was really interesting because we got to see what real medical students practice on and work with. My favorite part was trying robotic surgery, which was something I had never seen before. It was so cool to see what people actually do in real life for their job. It’s an interesting experience that I’ll remember for the years to come.
What did you like about Vermont?
I really liked the scenery in Vermont. When you were walking across campus, you could see the mountains, which is so different than home. It was so pretty and when we got to walk down in Burlington, the lake was spectacular. I had never seen anything like it before. I also really liked the people – everyone was so friendly.
What was your favorite experience in the program?
My favorite experience from the program was getting to meet everyone else from other states and learning more about the school. I really liked getting to have free time to just spend hanging out with everyone, we all created bonds that are still going strong. I still talk to many of kids from the program and even meet up with them in order to just hang out!
What would you say to a student considering the Pre-College Program to convince them to attend?
I would say that it’s a great way to see if you want to be away from home when you go off to college. I live about four hours away, so for me, it was the perfect distance. You get to meet so many cool people and just hang out with other people interested in the things as you. I was interested in science, so I took Anatomy and got to meet classmates who were interested in the things, which made us all click really well together. I would also say don’t hesitate, you’ll be really glad that you did it!